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Cherished Dallas nonprofit marks 30th anniversary with springtime soiree

Cherished Dallas nonprofit marks 30th anniversary with spring soiree

Bryan's House 30th anniversary kickoff, Lisa Cooley, Ciara Cooley, Stacey Roush
Ciara Cooley, Lisa Cooley, Stacey Roush Photo courtesy of Bryan's House
Bryan's House 30th anniversary kickoff
Dr. Lisa Genecov,Trey Ingram,Collen Casey, Stefanie Held,  Abigail Erickson-Torres, Dr. Kern Wildenthal, Rhonda Sargent-Chambers Photo courtesy of Bryan's House
Hallie Lewis, Mark Lewis, Bryan's House 30th anniversary
Hallie Lewis, Mark Lewis Photo courtesy of Bryan's House
D’Andra Simmons-Lock, Abigail Erickson-Torres, Jeremy Lock, Bryan's House 30th anniversary
D’Andra Simmons-Lock, Abigail Erickson-Torres, Jeremy Lock Photo courtesy of Bryan's House
Joseph Akintolayo, Kayla Marshal, Rob Wilson, Jessica Whit-Garner, Bryan's House 30th anniversary kickoff
Joseph Akintolayo, Kayla Marshal, Rob Wilson, Jessica Whit-Garner Photo courtesy of Bryan's House
Bryan's House 30th anniversary kickoff, Alison Wood, Marian Haggar Bryan
Alison Wood, Marian Haggar Bryan Photo courtesy of Bryan's House
Kimberly Schlegal-Whitman, Justin Whitman, Bryan's House 30th anniversary
Kimberly Schlegal-Whitman, Justin Whitman Photo courtesy of Bryan's House
Bryan's House 30th anniversary kickoff, Lisa Cooley, Ciara Cooley, Stacey Roush
Bryan's House 30th anniversary kickoff
Hallie Lewis, Mark Lewis, Bryan's House 30th anniversary
D’Andra Simmons-Lock, Abigail Erickson-Torres, Jeremy Lock, Bryan's House 30th anniversary
Joseph Akintolayo, Kayla Marshal, Rob Wilson, Jessica Whit-Garner, Bryan's House 30th anniversary kickoff
Bryan's House 30th anniversary kickoff, Alison Wood, Marian Haggar Bryan
Kimberly Schlegal-Whitman, Justin Whitman, Bryan's House 30th anniversary

What: Bryan's House 30th anniversary kick-off party

Where: The home of Lisa and Clay Cooley

The 411: Thirty years ago, Bryan’s House became the first organization in the United States to provide 24/7 full-service, family support programs for children born with HIV/AIDS. More than 100 guests attended a 30th anniversary kick-off event to celebrate the Dallas nonprofit's history and achievements.

On a perfect spring day, attendees took an open-air ride from the main street, down the Cooleys' estate drive to their 20,000-square-foot French country house. There, they enjoyed a cocktail reception and a program featuring remarks by Bryan’s House founder, Stefanie Held, and CEO Abigail Erickson-Torres

“We are the only nonprofit agency that provides the unique combination of services in North Texas," Torres told the group. "Young children with special needs deserve the access to medical, educational, and homeless prevention assistance opportunities just like anyone else — their income level should not determine whether or not they receive that access to thrive.” 

The intimate event precedes Bryan's House's larger "Modern Pearl" Spring Luncheon, Awards, and Fashion Show, taking place May 3 at 3015 at Trinity Groves. The bigger event will publicly acknowledge and celebrate 30 years of care to families in the greater Dallas area, and will honor awardees who have been vital to Bryan's House success. The featured fashion designer will be Nha Khanh. 

Who: Dr. Kern Wildenthal, Rhonda Sargent-Chambers, Nancy and Peter Roe, Ryan and Leigh Friend, Justin and Kimberly Schlegal-Whitman, Rhonda and Frazier Marcus, Drs. Lisa and David Genecov, Alison Wood, D’Andra-Simmons Lock and Jeremy Lock, Rhonda Sargent-ChambersAbigail Erickson-Torres, Elizabeth Dacus, Jesse Gurevich, Chris Caydam, Colby Garza, and Kayla Marshal